[CentOS] Rsync and full path of filenames

Niki Kovacs contact at kikinovak.net
Wed Oct 28 18:18:40 UTC 2009


Hi,

I have a bit of a tricky question about rsync.

Let's say I want to backup a bunch of configuration files with rsync, in 
a script.

What I don't want to do : a full snapshot of /etc.
What I want to do : backup only those files I need, in an otherwise 
empty directory tree.

In my script, I'd begin with a list of the files I effectively want to 
backup. Something like :

/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
/etc/httpd/vhosts.d/*.conf
/etc/exports

Then I'd have some other files in /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/sbin, 
which I would like to backup too.

Instead of a puzzling explanation, let me just show you how I would like 
my resulting backup to look like, so you get the idea :

etc/
`-- httpd
     |-- conf
     |   `-- httpd.conf
     `-- vhosts.d
         |-- site1.conf
         |-- site2.conf
         `-- site3.conf

usr/
`-- local
     |-- bin
     |   |-- script1.sh
     |   `-- script2.sh
     |-- sbin
     |-- sbinscript3.sh
     `-- sbinscript4.sh

Now if I do something like this :

rsync -av /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf destinationfolder/

I get something like :

destinationfolder/httpd.conf

QUESTION (at last) : is there a way rsync can somehow add the full file 
path, so the end result is more like :

destinationfolder/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf ?

Any suggestions ?

Niki


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